Seven of the top ten high schools in New Jersey are county vocational-technical schools, according to US News & World Report’s 2016 America’s Best High Schools ranking, released today.
Ten New Jersey county vocational-technical schools received the prestigious “gold medal” ranking from the magazine. They are among the 31 New Jersey high schools US News ranked among the top 500 schools in the nation.
High Technology High School in Lincroft, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD), ranked #11 on the national list, was the top-ranked school in New Jersey. Biotechnology High School in Freehold, also part of MCVSD, was ranked second in New Jersey and #14 nationally.
US News & World Report annually reviews data for more than 20,000 public high schools in the United States and awards gold, silver and bronze awards to the top performing schools. The analysis is based on schools’ performances on state tests, graduation rates and other factors.
In all, 28 New Jersey county vocational technical high schools were ranked on the magazine’s 2016 list: Ten received gold medals, four received silver medals and 14 received bronze medals.
“While national rankings don’t necessarily consider all the factors that create great schools, it is a tremendous honor for our students and staff that so many county vocational-technical schools recognized by US News & World Report,” said Timothy McCorkell, the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and the superintendent of MCVSD.
“Notably, US News has recognized specialized career academies for highly-focused students and also ten county vocational-technical schools that offer a broad range of career programs, where students are exposed to a variety of careers including auto mechanics, computer graphics, construction trades and culinary arts,” he said. “It’s a great acknowledgement of the academic engagement that high-quality career and technical education offers.”
New Jersey county vocational-technical school districts ranked in the US News & World Report survey include:
High Technology High School, Lincroft (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Biotechnology High School, Freehold (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Bergen County Technical School, Teterboro
Bergen Academies, Hackensack (Bergen County Technical Schools)
Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains
Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology, Edison
Academy for Allied Health and Sciences, Freehold (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health, Edison
Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
Marine Academy for Science and Technology (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
High Tech High School (Hudson County Schools of Technology)
Union County Tech
Communications High School (Monmouth County Vocational School District)
Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Rockaway (Morris County Vocational School District)
Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational-Technical Schools)
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Bloomfield Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
Camden County Technical Schools, Pennsauken Campus
County Prep High School (Hudson County Schools of Technology)
Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (Ocean County Vocational Technical School)
Mercer County Technical Schools Assunpink Center
Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools, Perth Amboy Campus
Morris County School of Technology
Newark Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
North 13th Street Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
Passaic County Institute of Technology
West Caldwell Tech (Essex County Vocational Technical Schools)
McCorkell noted the recognition of the county vocational-technical high schools is also a tribute to the education that students receive from their K-8 public school district sending districts.
“Twenty-first century career and technical education programs are much more rigorous and technology-oriented than the vocational school options of the past,” he said. “One reason our schools are so successful is that our students are well-prepared for academic and technical challenges.”